Area 21 Special Olympics come to Laredo

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Eleven-year-old Arne Delgado won't forget this day for a long time. She's been looking forward to it for a long time.

"Yea it was better than last year where I got I guess I improved."

Arne competed in the 100-meter race Tuesday, where she earned second place.

"It was fine. I was determined to defeat these girls."

She is one of 800 athletes who will compete at the area 21 Special Olympics. Athletes from Laredo, Zapata and Hebbronville all came to the Student Activity Complex for competition.

Special Olympics said they could not do this every year without all of their volunteers. But the volunteers say they are the ones benefiting from the program. Leslie Garza is a junior at Alexander High School and a volunteer at this year's Special Olympics. She said this opportunity makes her realize what she takes for granted.

"It's kind of an eye opener for me. Sometimes I forget what it's like to have what I have. So I kind of just come out here to help them."

What makes these athletes different from most is it isn't about winning first or second place, it's about making friends, and having fun.

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